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256                            LETTERS   FROM   THE

tion of February, 1797, and releasing the parole

The way I learnt Sir Sidney's arrival was
singular. I was asked by Madame d'O. to a little
music in the morning, where Angelletti and Benelli
were to sing. I found the rooms full of French
dukes and duchesses, &c., and other emigres, wait-
ing for the arrival of the Dukes de Bourbon and
Berri, who came about three. As soon as they
entered the room, the Duke de Bourbon crossed it,
and came up to me. "Je crois," said he, "que
vous serez enchant6 de savoir que le Commodore
Sidney Smith est arriv£; je viens de le voir—il
s'est sauv6 du Temple par le moyen d'un officier
de Farmee de Cond<§, avec un faux ordre du

The Duke de Berri is very little and stumpy,
with thick lips and rather a figure ignoble—not so
fat, but like Mr. Heneage. He stands first upon
one leg, then on the other. Like all his family,
he is very unassuming and polite. The Frenchmen
never sit down when he is in the room.

I hear from authority that the captain of the
Hercule is to be sent over immediately, in exchange
for Sir S. S. That looks like an escape by agree-
ment, either settled, as some say, for three thousand
pounds, or by Bergeret when last over. Some say